Long Island Beach Life: From Tanning to Saving Lives

first_imgTHE SUNBATHERFelicia Abramowitz lounges in a lawn chair in the white grainy sand of Lido Beach’s Nickerson Beach soaking up the sun while reading The Girl on the Cliff by Rucinda Riley. An opened Chobani yogurt nestled alongside her, the 68-year-old is a shiny bronze from head-to-toe, and credits the sun’s glowing rays with not only her complexion, but her overall health and state of mind. “It is like a vitamin pill,” she says. “It cures whatever ails you.” Abramowitz describes herself as “semi-retired,” because she occasionally works as an assistant teacher at a Long Beach school teaching mostly Hebrew classes. But during the summer, she doesn’t spend a day away from Nickerson Beach, only a short walk from her Long Beach home. Abramowitz has been visiting this beach ever since she was a little girl; her grandparents are from the area. She occasionally sees some pretty unusual things while catching some rays, she says, such as schools of dolphins and animal-rescue groups working to help injured birds. The sunbather, one of countless flocking to LI’s South Shore beaches each season, gestures to a nearby jetty, where lifeguards painted a boulder a vibrant purple plum. “It makes the beach recognizable,” she laughs.THE KITE FLYERWith his red, white and blue kite dancing among the clouds above him, Paul Gee is a summer weekend fixture at Jones Beach, performing his mastery just a few feet from the crashing turquoise waves. “I fly all year round,” the 49-year-old says. “I used to be on a four-person kite team. We were ranked number three in the nation. We were stunt kite fliers; we got to travel all over the East Coast, and even were invited to France and a lot of other great places.” Gee hails from Freeport, his beaming tan testament to the countless hours he’s spent in the merciless sun playing puppet-master to his soaring passion. Stunt kite competitions are held up and down the country’s coast, he says. “They mostly feature individual flyers, precision flyers, or even flyers that do ballet; everything is choreographed and timed to the music. It’s all about timing,” Gee smiles, his colorful kite darting and tumbling against the gray sky. “There is a science to it,” he laughs. “A lot of people come up to me and ask, ‘How do you do that?’ So I try and give them quick little lessons.”THE LIFEGUARDSun-kissed Stephen Fregosi of Massapequa sits atop his white lifeguard stand perched in the sand of Tobay Beach and watches over dozens of beachgoers with an eagle’s eye. Leaning forward, the 25-year-old’s gaze is fixated on several people indulging in a refreshing swim just off the shoreline. “It’s just a great feeling when people come up to you and say, ‘Thank you,’” he says passionately. “Just last Saturday we had an incident where two 12-year-old girls were caught up in a riptide. Luckily, everyone was okay.” Fregosi, who is also an attorney and an avid surfer, has been a lifeguard for nearly 10 years. Although it started off as just summer job for him, he soon fell in love with it. “Making rescues, helping people stay safe and being outside all day—there is absolutely nothing like it.”THE BEACHCOMBER“All things nature is my passion,” says soft-spoken David Kelly, while peacefully rummaging through the warm sand cascading off the side of a hidden dune along the Jones Beach boardwalk. The 50-year-old made the trip from the city and is awaiting his friends’ arrival. “I took the right train; they took the wrong one,” he jokes. Originally from Chicago, Kelly moved to New York for a teaching job, he says, picking up two tiny shells and placing them on the boardwalk’s scalding handrail for further examination (he’s been scouring for seashells to show his students in class). “They serve as memories, or inspiration, then they eventually become a part of the education,” he muses, tossing one of them back onto the sand. It’s his first trip to Jones Beach, and Kelly is awestruck at its beauty. “I’ve been to Long Beach and to Montauk so far. I’m happy with how clean and peaceful it is here. I can hear the birds,” he says, gazing up to the bright blue sky. “It is beautiful.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Emotional engagement: Differentiate your members’ experience

first_imgThis is placeholder text 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Heusuk Steve Heusuk is senior manager of customer intelligence for CUNA Mutual Group. Contact him at 608. 665.7854, or at [email protected] Web: www.cunamutual.com Details Emotions play a huge role in shaping member experience. Emotions influence members’ desire to buy or not to buy, what they remember and share about their experiences, and, most importantly, whether they will be loyal to your credit union.To better understand how emotions shape member perceptions of their credit unions, CUNA Mutual conducted research earlier this year that examined emotions at two different levels:Anxiety related to consumers’ overall financial situationEmotions arising from specific episodes consumers have while using different financial products and servicesThis article shares a few highlights from this new study.New Insights About Financial AnxietyUnsurprisingly, many research firms, such as JD Power, Gallup and Kantar, have tracked an increase in consumers’ anxiety, worry and stress since the beginning of the pandemic. Our research also picked up on this rise in anxiety. Rising financial anxiety has important implications for financial institutions:Consumers who are anxious about their current financial situation tend to give their primary financial institutions significantly lower customer loyalty ratingsConsumers experiencing financial anxiety tend to give lower customer experience (CX) ratings to their most recent interactions with their checking account/debit card, loans, insurance policies and savings/investment products (see Figure 1) This post is currently collecting data… While it’s unfortunate that some consumers are experiencing elevated levels of financial anxiety, it also represents a tremendous opportunity. Credit unions can use moments like these to turn anxiety-provoking situations into positive emotional experiences for their members.To do that, credit unions will need to identify members who may be experiencing financial anxiety. Data and analytics could be used to flag individuals who may be experiencing financial anxiety, e.g., members with frequent overdrafts, chronic low balances or delinquent loans. Once these members are identified, credit unions can then decide what help or relief, if any, should be extended to help alleviate these members’ financial anxiety.Emotions Arising from Using Checking Accounts/Debit CardsThis year’s research examined the role of emotions stemming from specific episodes using various financial products and services, including checking accounts and debit cards. Negative experiences using these products can elicit strong negative emotions, including frustration, stress and anger (see Figure 2).Figure 2: Negative Emotions Arising from Negative ExperiencesFortunately, this year’s research found that credit union members whose primary checking account or debit card is from their credit union have fewer negative experiences than consumers whose primary checking account or debit card is not provided by a credit union. Only 26 percent of credit union members whose primary checking account or debit card is from their credit union had a negative experience. By contrast, 44 percent of consumers whose primary checking account or debit card is not provided by a credit union had a negative experience.  When consumers did have a negative experience, we saw that the rise in their negative emotions was accompanied by CX ratings that were 30+ percentage points lower than those of consumers who did not have a negative experience (see Figure 3).Our research revealed four broad categories which captured most of the negative experiences reported by consumers:Customer serviceProduct functionality (something about checking account/debit card didn’t work as expected)FraudFeesCredit unions seeking to reduce the incidence of negative experiences using their checking accounts and debit cards will need to determine the specific causes of these negative encounters. Once these are identified, credit unions can use member input, e.g., member interviews, focus groups, co-creation programs, to re-engineer member journeys in a way that delivers a positive emotional experience.As we’ve just seen, emotions play an important role in what members think of your credit union and the experience you deliver. Focusing on functional aspects of your member experience, such as speed or efficiency, is not enough to guarantee a great experience. A truly excellent member experience requires following Dale Carnegie’s sage advice, “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”  To read more about this research and a range of topics related to the emotional experience of members, visit our website.last_img read more

New senior Whittaker sets the championship pace

first_img New senior Tim Whittaker underlined a rapid start to his new golfing chapter when he set the pace in the first round of English senior men’s open amateur championship in Surrey.Whittaker, from Beaconsfield, shot one-under par 68 at West Hill and tops a leaderboard of 288 players who enjoyed glorious golfing weather. His closest challengers, who both scored level par 71 at neighbouring Worplesdon, are Ian Attoe (Image © Leaderboard Photography), who was playing at his home club, and Andrew Atkinson from Windermere.A host of players are tightly packed behind. David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) and Martin Wild (Mere) share third place on one-over, while defending champion Stephen East (Moortown) is in a group of players who are a further shot back.Whittaker has just entered the senior age group and has swapped work for golf: “I thought it was time!” he said. He launched his senior career by winning the recent BB&O championship before turning his attention to this event.He was the only player to beat par today, but left the course feeling he could have done better. “I hit the ball quite well and created a lot of opportunities, but didn’t take quite as many as I would have liked.”Nevertheless he had five birdies in his round: on three consecutive holes from the 5th and back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13. And he declared: “It’s a very nice start to senior golf.”Ian Attoe is another player who is following the dream of giving up work – as a golf club secretary – to concentrate on senior golf. This is his first appearance in this championship and playing at home at Worplesdon brought both pressure and the advantage of local knowledge from 40 years of membership.“I was a bit nervous and it wasn’t my best golf, but it was good scoring,” said Attoe, who had two birdies and an eagle three on the 15th in his round.This is his first season of senior competition and he’s already won a couple of UK Senior Golf Association events and shared fifth place in the recent Irish seniors. “It’s been a good start,” he said.Andrew Atkinson is yet another new senior who is excited by the challenge of senior golf – and has been quick to get started. He’s already played in Spanish, Portuguese and Irish championships, before teeing up in this event. “I’ve been looking forward to it and I’ve made lots and lots of new friends,” he remarked.Today, he set off in great style at Worplesdon and was three-under after eight before he “just frittered a few shots away. I drove the ball very well, hit lots of greens in regulation and, with the exception of one short putt, I putted ok.”Stephen East was the “new boy” last year and his triumph in this championship launched a memorable year in which he also won the Spanish seniors, was runner-up in the British, Scottish and Irish seniors and won the England Golf senior order of merit. He’s started 2015 with another win, in the Portuguese seniors, but today he took time to settle to his round at Worplesdon.“It’s great to be defending but, to be honest, I was a bit nervous and I’m quite happy to finish with 73. I played poorly on the way out, but I was better on the back nine.”He played the inward half in two-under par, with four birdies, including one on the 18th where he holed a 20-footer.The shot of the day was provided by Glen MacBryde (Trentham) who had a hole-in-one on the 171-yard fourth at Worplesdon, using a four iron. “It was a good hole in one in that it never left the flag,” said MacBryde – and he’s experienced in these matters, having had five previous aces.It helped him to an eight-over par 79 and MacBryde, the three-times Midland senior champion, remarked: “I’m very pleased, I played quite well but just frittered away a few shots. It’s an absolutely fantastic golf course, so fair if you hit good shots.”After tomorrow’s second round – played again on both Worplesdon and West Hill – the field will be cut to the leading 80 players and ties. They will play the final round on Friday at Worplesdon.Click here for full scores 3 Jun 2015 New senior Whittaker sets the championship pace last_img read more

Crescent Valley man studies for sixth Dan Black Belt

first_imgDuring the past 15 years his own TKD schools (KCMA) have positively affected hundreds of students and families in the Nelson and Castlegar area and now he is leading a global fight for justice for the poor as founder of www.martialartsforjustice.org  According to World Taekwondo Federation statistics, there are only 130 – 6th Dan in Canada out of 42,831 registered black belts. Master Dean Seminoff, who has been studying martial arts for more than 20 years, was in Florida to study for his sixth Dan Black Belt in the martial art of Taekwondo.Seminoff, of Crescent Valley an operator of a school in Nelson and Slocan Valley, is currently a fifth Dan WTF black belt as a member of the USCDKA.last_img read more

10 things to know about the Giants new president of baseball operations

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–After winning three World Series in the the first half of the decade, the San Francisco Giants have fallen behind their top National League West rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers.Following consecutive losing seasons, the Giants are attempting to reverse disturbing trends and compete with the back-to-back National League pennant winners.The first step? Hiring away one of the Dodgers’ most coveted executives.The Giants announced Tuesday that they’ve hired former Dodgers general …last_img read more

Caviar at Mach 2

first_imgOn February 7, 1996, a scheduled British Airways flight set a world speed record that will never be broken in our lifetime. The fastest passenger flight in history was made twenty years ago between London’s Heathrow Airport and New York’s JFK, a distance of 3, 000 nautical miles, flown in only two hours and 53 minutes. The airplane was the incomparable supersonic Concorde.On that epic transatlantic run, British Airways Concorde G-BOAD, the tenth Concorde built, was piloted by veteran Captain Leslie Scott and First Officer Tim Orchard. The official FAI-recorded flight time was two hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds. “Alpha-Delta” was the highest-time Concorde flown with 23,397 hours, and currently resides at the Intrepid Air Museum in New York. Its maximum cruising speed of Mach 2.04 (1,350mph) was faster than man’s very first Mach 2 flight achieved with the experimental rocket-powered Douglas D-558-II in November 1953.There have been numerous stories of how Concorde’s speed was used in unique ways by high-end clientele. There was the New York tycoon who saved more in interest than the cost of his ticket by closing a deal in London the same day the contract was written, or the rock star who had his personal barber flown by Concorde to New York to administer a trim before the singer’s concert at Madison Square Garden that same evening. The airplane was chartered by numerous travel groups for round-the-world supersonic tours of everything from museums to golf courses.Read: Concorde to start charter flights by 2020?However, there was one short-lived Concorde service that never quite made the headlines, yet offered the mass public a chance to experience the near-supersonic realm – or at least a full afterburner takeoff. Flown as an interlink with British Airways and Air France in 1979, Braniff International Airlines established Concorde flights from Dallas, Texas (DFW) to London and Paris, respectively, with a fuel stop and crew change at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).Due to FAA regulations, the aircraft’s registration was changed from British or French to U.S. using ScotchCal adhesive numbers for flights from DC to Dallas, and the aircraft was restricted to subsonic speed while flying over land. (The cabin Machmeter read “Mach 0.99” during cruise.) All three cockpit crew wore Captain’s stripes, and all 100 passengers were afforded sumptuous First Class service. The best part, however, was the air fare for this two-hour flight. While it may have cost as much as $6,000US to fly one-way transatlantic, one-way fare from IAD to DFW was only $79US.last_img read more

SA to commercialise electric car

first_img10 November 2010 Initiatives are under way to commercialise the Joule, a South African developed electric car, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said during a G8 ministerial conference on global environment and energy in transport in Rome. The brainchild of Cape Town-based company Optimal Energy, the Joule debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008 and has since received a facelift at the Milan-based Zagato Total Design Centre. “This project will have broader spillover effects, including the creation of a legislative and regulatory environment to allow the operation of electric vehicles, relevant testing infrastructure for electric vehicles, local manufacturing for domestic and global markets, initiation of charging infrastructure and educational campaigns on electric vehicles.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNews “South Africa has developed and is implementing a number of measures in the development and use of cleaner alternative fuels,” Ndebele said. The prototype phase of the battery-operated six-seater is now complete, and the necessary modifications have been made. Ndebele told G8 ministers in Rome this week that the project was part of South Africa’s plan to move towards a low-carbon economy across all modes of transport. “Our automotive sector would be profoundly affected by the long-term shift from the internal combustion engine to cleaner technologies, such as electric vehicles,” Nedeble said.center_img But before the commercial version hits the streets, further refinements and feedback from consumers and the media will be incorporated into a test fleet, which will be hand-built, like the prototype, by Hi-Tech Automotive in Port Elizabeth. The Joule is expected to go into full-scale production at the end of 2013, to appear on South African showroom floors in mid-2014. Test fleet on the way As part of its energy supply interventions, South Africa phased out leaded petrol in 2006. “These measures entail high-level coordination with relevant government departments, investors and development finance institutions, to ensure a coherent and coordinated approach to the development of the sector.” Powering towards a ‘green’ economylast_img read more

SA to adopt DVB-T2 digital TV standard

first_imgSet-top-boxes needed According to the DVB Project, 14 Southern African Development Community countries had accepted DVB-T, the main digital standard in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Mauritius has already completed the switch-over to DVB-T. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews After the December 2013 deadline, South Africans with analogue TVs will need special set-top boxes in order to receive images. “This little box … will receive the digital signal, convert it to analogue and then take it back to the analogue TV so that the images can be broadcast,” Padayachie explained. “Perhaps the biggest dividend out of the whole thing is that it will start liberating spectrum currently being used in the broadcasting of signal … This opens up the opportunity to have more channels,” Padayachie said. South Africa will adopt the DVB-T2 digital television standard, and the country’s migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting should be complete by December 2013, Communications Minister Radhakrishna Padayachie said in Pretoria last week. It further adds that DVB-T2 has a higher bit-rate than its predecessor, making it a more suitable system for carrying high definition (HD) signals on a terrestrial television channel. DVB standards are maintained by the DVB Project, an international industry consortium with around 250 members. While the deadline for South Africa’s analogue switch-off had been extended from its original date of November 2011, Padayachie said the new deadline was still within the decision by the International Telecommunication Union to switch off analogue signals worldwide by 2015. Padayachie would not speculate on how much the set-top box would cost, saying it would depend on the capabilities the box could deliver. Manufacturing, export opportunities The digital migration process could serve as a catalyst for revitalising South Africa’s electronics manufacturing industry, Padayachie said, adding that the there could be opportunities for exporting the set-top boxes to other African countries also busy with digital migration. The government would subsidise set-top boxes, but only for the “poorest of the poor”, while those who fell above a certain income band would be expected to buy them at full cost. According to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, DVB-T2 stands for Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial Second Generation, an extension of the television standard DVB-T. 17 January 2011 DVB-T2 had the capability to give viewers access to 14 channels using the same amount of spectrum. Not only would the increase in the channels give viewers a wider range to choose from, but it would also stimulate the production and creative industries, Padayachie said.last_img read more